Lord Crimson

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Recycle This

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Recycle This

Have you noticed that your printer ink cartridges must be changed more often these days? I remember a time when I could get a good month or two from a set of cartridges. Now I’m lucky to get 2 weeks before the low ink light flashes.

What a marriage of marketing and conspiracy. All these companies sell you the printer dirt cheap knowing at that point you’re hooked and forced into buying their ink cartridges over and over making you spend 500 times the original cost of the printer.

But here’s where I draw the line in this wallet-draining dance of the ink cartridge. The printer companies have conveniently tapped into the global warming hysteria. Out of the goodness of their hearts they allow us to recycle the cartridges which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about saving the planet and being environmentally conscience. Well that’s crap!

In reality all that is happening is that the consumer returns a perfectly good ink cartridge which is refilled then sold at full price leaving the company with less production cost and greater profits. Shouldn’t recycling make the price drop? Well no… the cartridge prices have remained constant or have increased. What evil is this?

If these companies are truly concerned about recycling they should offer refillable ink cartridges with the option to buy easy do-it-yourself refill kits rather than having you pay full price for the same ink cartridge that you turned in a month earlier.

Yes, it is true that third party refills kits can be purchased over the internet, but shouldn’t they be in the store beside the overpriced cartridges so the consumers can see exactly how much they’re being ripped off?

We should all drop a brick on the cartridges before turning them in and see how they feel about recycling the smashed plastic. Insert 20 cents worth of ink into that, then try to sell it back to me for 30 bucks you price-gouging toad.

I’d send them all a nasty letter if my printer would work, but I’m out of ink.


Written by Lord Crimson

January 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm

6 Responses

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  1. Yes, it is a pain with the printers and the cartridges. I had a printer ones where you could refill the cartridges by yourself , the problem was that is id not work well either. Technology I believe is able to do better stuff than this. It is again about $$$$


    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm

  2. Hi Awenstar

    I don’t begrudge the printer companies a nice profit mainly because they offer a product that is very useful, but there is a fine line between profit and price-gouging.

    The difference being is that you must buy your printer cartridge from what ever brand you happen to own. So they are able to get away with charging a higher price than the market should dictate.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    January 8, 2008 at 6:56 pm

  3. I used to work for HP. Man, they made huge margins on cartridges. I’m waiting for someone to disrupt their business model by selling more expensive printers but with really cheap ink.


    January 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm

  4. Hi Neil

    Yes! An informed opinion. As it happens it’s a HP that’s sitting in the corner laughing, no taunting me with faint cries of you gotta buy more ink.

    But maybe I’ll get a small victory because since I’m in the market for a new laptop, you can bet that a HP laptop will not be purchased.

    At least consumers still have some freedom to fight back.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    January 9, 2008 at 11:29 am

  5. Hi LC,

    Print is dead.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    January 9, 2008 at 9:26 pm

  6. Hi Grit

    Print is colorful. Or at least if would be if I had some ink.

    Would it be too much to ask that these ink cartridges be manufactured to hold a little more ink. It’s the least they can do if they aren’t going to lower the prices… rotten printer companies!

    So yes you are right, without ink – print is dead!

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    January 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm

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